A North Carolina family received a letter threatening to “feel my anger” if they did not remove a Mexican flag from the front of their home. (Jorge A. Ramírez Portela)
Wilmington, North Carolina – A North Carolina family received a letter threatening to “feel my fury” if they did not remove a Mexican flag from the front of their home , but the neighbors supported them and displayed their own Mexican flags. as a sign of solidarity.
Jessica Zambrano called the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office after receiving the anonymous letter several weeks ago, local media reported. The letter said that waving a Mexican flag “means war” and that Zambrano should lower the flag “or feel my fury.”
“The Second Amendment gives the (sic) RIGHT AND THE DUTY (with arms) to rid my country of people like you and your family,” the letter said.
“I am american. I was born in Hawaii and raised in North Carolina, ”said Zambrano, a mother of four. “And my husband is from Mexico. He moved here when he was in his 20s and is now a naturalized citizen, so we are a Mexican-American family, ”he added.
After initially fearing for his safety and considering removing the flag, Zambrano left it in his place. She wrote about the letter on the neighborhood's Facebook page to “let this person and all those like him / her know that we will not tolerate it,” her message said.
After neighbors found out about the letter, some of them bought their own Mexican flags and started flying them too.
“Defend people who are subjected to intimidation or discrimination. That is exactly what all my friends, family and neighbors did, ”he said. “They stood by our side and let this person know that such language or behavior is not welcome here.”
The sheriff's office said it is investigating the case.